The gate to Paradise at Longmire closes nightly.
Mon-Fri: Closes at 5:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 4:30 pm to safely drive down the hill before the gate closes. Sat-Sun: Closes at 7:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 6:30 pm. More »
Expect delays due to road construction.
Expect 20 minute delays from Nisqually Entrance to Longmire due to on-going road work as part of the Nisqually-Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project. More »
Watch out for hazardous winter conditions!
As the amount of snow in the park increases, be aware of increased risk of Avalanches and Snow Immersion Suffocation. More »
Parkwide general herpetofaunal surveys were conducted in 1991 and 1992 and focused mostly on aquatic habitats. Open areas and forested habitats were surveyed but to a much lesser degree. In addition to the species shown below, there is some question as to the presence of Eumeces skiltonianus (Western Skink) within the park. Reptile species have also been reported in the parkwide amphibian inventories.
2004 Jeremiah Easter
Northwestern Garter Snake
15-24 inches (53-61 cm) long. Black, brown, tan, grey or greenish with 1 to 3 yellow, orange, or red stripes down back. Habitat: open areas, below 4,000 ft. (1,219 meters). It is the most common snake found at Rainier.
2008 Stéphanie Desranleau
Common Garter Snake
Large (up to 52 in. (132 cm) in length) and characterized by red coloration along sides. Habitat: wet meadows and near water.
US Forest Service Photo
A small, greyish-green snake with a hard, blunt tail. Habitat: moist or dry pine forests, near water. They do not bite, but curl into a ball when disturbed.
2009 William Flaxington
Northern Alligator Lizard
Heavy scales; olive, brown, or greyish with light stripes and dark, irregular spots. Habitat: Sub-alpine talus slopes and coniferous forests. The only lizard found in western Washington.
Did You Know?
About 5,600 years ago the summit and northeast face of Mount Rainier fell away in a massive landslide accompanied by volcanic explosions. The Osceola Mudflow, a towering wall of mud and rock, thundered down the White River Valley where it deposited 600' of debris eventually reaching the Puget Sound.